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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Erdinekapı district of...more
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Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Karagümrük, Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited the Chora Church the third week of january 2019 and it was without a doubt an unforgettable experience. This church contains the most complete existing collection of Byzantine Mosaics found under one roof anywhere in Istanbul. Hardly anyone there during my visit; I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

is this an absolute must see? Of course. But: they had run out of maps of the audio stations and this was really bad because some of the audio station numbers were not findable, the staff was useless in helping, it was maddening and very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Really beautiful place to visit. This is underrated so put it in your schedule instead of other popular regular tourist destinations such as Galata tower and Sultan Ahmed Miosque

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank marodint
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful old monastery church with amazing mosaics. Sadly in January 2019 half of it is closed off for renovation and the outside is all covered in scaffolding. Despite that it’s worth a visit. It’s included in the Istanbul museum pass. Don’t miss the famous...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank J W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in the bysantine art this is a must. Showing the life and history of Christ and his family. Such details!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank annaa909
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stroll around in the neighbourhood and get a feeling of old Istanbul with still some (very) dilapidated wooden houses. The mosaics are rightly famous and wonderful! Bring binoculars to be able to see fine details. (Don't miss the unique and excellent Asitane restaurant very close...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This wonderful museum, which is being slowly restored to its former glory, is a hidden gem. A must for those lovers of amazing art, architecture and Christian history. If I hadn’t visited the Hagia Sophia and bought the book about both places I would never...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank HCornell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is a little off the beaten track, so hardly anyone was there. Amazing byzantine mosaics. It was my favorite site in all of Istanbul (which has a lot of fantastic sites!) Take a walk around in the neighborhood after your visit and then...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is beautiful... BUT it is under restoration and you don't get to see much for the entrance fee. It's a little bit farther out than most of the tourist attractions, and a little tricky to find. We took a taxi - and I'm glad...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kariye Müzesi is indescribable from the outside as well as from the inside as to the effects it produces on the visitor. I was there last in February 2018 and read on tripadvisor that it is partially closed for restauration. However, I advise you not...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
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31 October 2018|
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Response from namnam75 | Reviewed this property |
Hello. The Chora Church is open 7 days a week from 9:00 - 7:00 pm. However some parts may be closed for restoration work. You can check their website, closer to your travel date, and plan accordingly.
23 October 2018|
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Response from adtraveller2016 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure individually , but there is a museum pass which is better value if you are going to other sites, eg Ag Sofia- and it also helps jump the long queues. check re the building and restoration work though as lot... More
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Response from FatihMehmetCelebi | Reviewed this property |
According to the website (In Turkish) the museum is open everyday. Winter from 09:00 - 16:30 Summer from 09:00 - 19:00 The price is 15 TL (4.90 EUR). Enjoy, you will love it! Hope the renovations are done though.